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22 Sep 2017 description

This document has been prepared to provide information to Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, the IFRC and their partners on the CARICOM institutional and legal framework for regional humanitarian response in case of disaster, which is currently being tested in the context of the response to Category 5 Hurricane IRMA and Category 4 Hurricane MARIA that strongly impacted the Caribbean region.

21 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hurricane Maria, made landfall on Dominica on evening of September 18, 2017 as a category 5 Hurricane. The Princess Margaret Hospital is reported to be severely damaged and flooded. Dialysis service damaged, and the electricity is down. Seven deaths have been reported on the island due to the storm.

  • The hurricane made landfall on Puerto Rico around 6 AM today, bringing catastrophic flash flooding. Before Hurricane Maria made landfall, there were 172 shelters housing 9,981 occupants.

21 Sep 2017 description
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Map showing the track of Hurricane Maria over the Caribbean, their wind speed estimate and forecastpath

20 Sep 2017 description
map UNOSAT

Tropical Cyclone MARIA-17 : Path and Wind Speed Zones (as of 18 September 2017)

This map illustrates the tropical cyclone MARIA-17 path with low, medium and strong wind impact zones observed and predicted at 18 September 2017. The tropical cyclone path and wind speed zones were derived from Joint Research Centre data (Warning 8 issued the 18 th September 2017 at 09:00 UTC). This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITARUNOSAT.

20 Sep 2017 description
  • Hurricane MARIA continued moving west-northwest over the Caribbean Sea, strengthening. Its center passed south of St. Croix island (US Virgin islands) early in the morning of 20 September. It then continued moving towards Puerto Rico as a category 5 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 270 km/h.
19 Sep 2017 description

At least one person was killed and two people are missing in the aftermath of category 5 hurricane, Maria which hit the Caribbean islands on 18 September, according to initial reports.

Guadeloupe did not face Maria’s direct impact unlike Dominica, which was caught in the eye of the hurricane.

19 Sep 2017 description

MESSAGE:

Hurricane Maria becomes an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane as it directly impacts Dominica during the next few hours.

THE SITUATION:

19 Sep 2017 description

Hurricane MARIA-17 continued moving west-northwest, strengthening. It made landfall over Dominica island on 19 September at 1.15 UTC with maximum sustained winds of 260 km/h (category 5 hurricane).

19 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

El huracán María barrió la pequeña isla de Dominica con vientos de fuerza catastrófica durante la noche del lunes, bajó brevemente a categoría 4 pero se volvió a fortalecer en la madrugada del martes, emprendiendo una ruta sobre el Caribe oriental que lo podría llevar directamente sobre Puerto Rico.

El poderoso huracán, con vientos de hasta 257 km por hora, tocó tierra en Dominica hacia la 01h15 GMT del martes, informó el Centro Nacional de Huracanes de EEUU, citando datos del radar de Martinica y de aviones cazadores de huracanes de la Fuerza Aérea de EEUU.

19 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

Según el ultimo boletín de las autoridades climáticas en Estados Unidos, el huracán María se convirtió potencialmente en un fenómeno natural "catastrófico categoría cinco"

.María alcanzó vientos de hasta 160 mph (260 km / h).

En las horas de la tarde del lunes, el Centro Nacional de Huracanes (NHC), por sus siglas en inglés, reportó que el huracán María se convertía en "extremadamente peligroso subiendo a categoría cuatro".

19 Sep 2017 description
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Map showing the track of Hurricane Maria over the Caribbean, their wind speed estimate and forecastpath

18 Sep 2017 description

NWS Summary: At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Maria was located by satellite imagery and data from the French radar on Martinique near latitude 15.1 North, longitude 60.7 West. Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday.

18 Sep 2017 description

NHC Summary: At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 60.1 West. Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h), and this motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected through Tuesday night. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move across the Leeward Islands late today and tonight, over the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea Tuesday and Tuesday night, and approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Wednesday.